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Phil Vettel, a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, joined Tribune Company (at Suburban Trib) in 1979, and has been The Tribune'’s restaurant critic since 1989. He has a wife and two sons, one or more of whom often accompany Phil on his culinary adventures. He also makes a mean egg-salad sandwich.


Recent Articles
  • Phil Vettel reviews Baffo

    Our restaurant critic takes on the fine dining spot inside Eataly.

  • New Year’s Eve dinner ideas

    Chicago Tribune food critic Phil Vettel joined WGN Wednesday to give some of his top recommendations for last-minute New Year’s Eve dinner plans. Those interested may want to act fast, as reservations could be going quickly. Vettel recommended the following restaurants as his top choices: 1. Balena – 1633 N. Halsted St. 2. Bistro Campagne – 4518 N. Lincoln Ave. 3. Coppervine – 1962 N. Halsted St. 4. La Sardine – 111 N. Carpenter St. 5. Locallective Loft - 1257 N. Milwauke Ave […]

  • Need a reservation for New Year’s? Vettel’s got you covered

    New Year’s Eve is only a week away, and if you haven’t made your reservations yet there’s good news: Tribune Dining Critic Phil Vettel has. There are reservations all over town in his name, and if you’re the first caller on December 26th to request the “Phil Vettel table,” that reservation is all yours. To be clear, this is not a free dinner, or a discount, or anything – just a reservation that would be difficult, if not impossible, to […]

  • Phil Vettel’s top dishes of 2014

    I ate very well in 2014 — fact is, I eat very well most years — but each year, certain dishes are particularly memorable. Some of them are clever, some creative but all of them are delicious. Herein, my favorite restaurant dishes of the year. We’ll start with the broccoli salad at Boka restaurant in Lincoln Park; Lee Wolen has a way with veggies, and this salad, with lemon-kissed raw broccoli, marcona almonds and parmesan sablet over a puddle of […]

  • Phil Vettel reviews RPM Steak

    It takes a lot for a steakhouse to make a splash in Chicago’s already crowded dining scene. But one new spot is doing just that. Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel says RPM steak is worthy of your attention.

  • Phil Vettel reviews Juno

    I’m assuming — hoping, really — that Jason Chan is running out of challenges. The restaurateur, who battled throat cancer to open Juno (which quickly became one of the most popular restaurants in town, and clearly one of the two or three best restaurants to open in 2013), watched helplessly as an upstairs apartment fire in January knocked his fledgling restaurant out of commission, then endured nearly eight months of rebuilding (Chan wryly noted the date on which Juno had […]

  • Phil Vettel reviews Vistro in Hinsdale

  • Not cooking for Thanksgiving? Phil Vettel has some restaurant picks for you

    Thanksgiving is just over week away and not everyone will be cooking a big meal at home. The Chicago Tribune’s restaurant critic Phil Vettel spoke with the WGN Morning News with his list of restaurants where you can still get a reservation for Thanksgiving.

  • Phil Vettel reviews mfk

      Three Stars

  • Video: Phil Vettel reviews Acanto

    Two stars for the new Italian spot across from Millennium Park.  

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